Sunday, August 17, 2008

Dinosaur pine

The enthusiastic team of Year 8's from Scotch College and their teachers joined some CCA volunteers again on Tuesday 12th August at Grant Marine Park to do some more hand weeding. After a good session the boys posed with a Wollemi pine which they were taking back to school. The tree was donated by Landcare Australia.
Wollemi pines are one of the world's oldest and rarest trees. Wollemi nobilis is related to Cottesloe's iconic tree the Norfolk Island pine. Wollemi pines were discovered 200 kms from Sydney in the Blue Mountains in 1994 and there are less than 100 trees in the wild. They belong to the Araucariaceae family and fossil evidence indicates that the trees were growing in the Cretaceous period more than 100 million years ago. In fact palaentologists say that it is likely that dinosaurs crossed paths with Wollemi pines and may have eaten the leaves!
We hope that this Wollemi pine has a long and healthy life at Scotch College.
Many thanks to everyone involved in a good working bee.

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